The most important employment skills—and the skills that many employers say are the hardest to find today—are basic thinking skills…The goal of classical education, then, is the study of the classics in the original languages and the liberal arts: the best that has been thought and said, and the intellectual skills that equip a student to think critically. It is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through the study of the great books and the development of basic critical thinking skills in order to pass on and preserve Western civilization.” -Martin Cotheran, What Is Classical Education, See full article here. https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/what-classical-education-1/
Kindergarten through second grade focus on giving students a strong foundation in reading, writing and arithmetic. Using the First Start Reading program, students gain an understanding in Phonics. With lots of repetition and gentle introduction to new concepts, Rod and Staff math gives our students an excellent foundation in arithmetic to prepare them for higher math concepts. Including plenty of music, movement, and read-aloud books, our primary program’s goal is to provide a rich environment of learning for young minds to grow in their natural curiosity guided by a careful cultivation of virtue and truth. Please see this helpful article if you are curious if your child is ready to begin kindergarten. https://www.memoriapress.com/kindergarten-readiness/
With the foundation of a joy in learning given in the primary years, students in third through sixth are now ready to enjoy the next level of a liberal arts study, focusing their minds on how to learn each subject and seeing the beauty in the world around them. Beginning in third grade our students study math, Latin, spelling, English grammar, literature, science, classical and U.S. history, Christian studies, geography, art and music.
As seventh through tenth grade students enter the dialectic and rhetorical phases they will study using Memoria Press curriculum which is rich in Classics study, Logic and Latin. Other subjects studied include Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Literature, Geography, and Composition.
“If we plan to save Western civilization, we must study it. No one would think that we could study and preserve American civilization without studying and preserving English. The same is true of Western civilization. Latin is the mother tongue of Western civilization. The original thinkers in the ancient world were the Greeks and the Hebrews, but it was the Romans that summarized, synthesized, codified, and handed it down to us—in Latin. It could have been Greek or Hebrew, but it wasn’t. In the providence of God, it was Latin. And now Latin has spread over the world in all of the sciences, law, five Romance languages and one hybrid: English. Latin is the most influential language in human history. Learn Latin! You will be doing your part to save Western civilization and transform your education from good to great. Latin is not dead; it’s immortal.” – Cheryl Lowe, See full article at https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/top-10-reasons-studying-latin/
Concordia means “harmony/unity” in latin. From our first brainstorming meeting, we began with a desire to allow as many students as possible, no matter their strengths or challenges, to have the blessing of a rich classical christian education. We strive to place students according to their ability, not age. This allows a non-traditional learner the joy of learning alongside his/her peers in a classroom where the content is rich, but the requirements are not beyond their ability. This requires close school/parent communication and is handled on a case by case basis.